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UPDATE: Kansas Senate passes bill voiding local gun rules

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has approved legislation that would strip cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms and nullify existing local gun ordinances.

The 34-2 vote Wednesday sends the measure to the House.

A House committee has endorsed a similar bill, but the chamber hasn't taken it up. Supporters are hoping a version will clear the Legislature this week and go to Gov. Sam Brownback.

The Senate bill would ensure that the open carrying of firearms is legal across the state, but local officials could still prevent it inside public buildings.

Supporters say a patchwork of local regulations confuses gun owners and infringes upon gun-ownership rights guaranteed by the state and U.S. constitutions.

Opponents contend cities and counties know best whether gun restrictions are appropriate for their communities.


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The Kansas Senate is expected to approve legislation that would strip cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms and nullify existing local gun ordinances.

The bill facing a final vote Wednesday would ensure that the open carrying of firearms is legal across the state, though local officials could still prevent it inside public buildings.

The measure is being pushed by the Kansas State Rifle Association and other gun-rights supporters. They say a patchwork of local regulations confuses gun owners and infringes upon gun-ownership rights guaranteed by the state and U.S. constitutions.

Critics of the bill contend that cities and counties know best whether gun restrictions are appropriate for their communities.

A Kansas House committee endorsed similar legislation earlier this month, but the House has yet to consider it.


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The Kansas Senate has rejected a proposal to keep concealed guns out of libraries and local community centers.

Senators considered Kansas City Democrat Pat Pettey's proposal Tuesday before giving first-round approval to a bill stripping cities and counties of their power to regulate guns.

Pettey offered her proposal as an amendment. The Senate rejected it on a voice vote and then advanced the measure on a voice vote.

The Senate plans to take final action on the bill Wednesday to determine whether it goes to the House.

Pettey wanted to change a law enacted last year requiring local governments to allow state permit holders to carry concealed guns into public buildings after 2017 unless the buildings have adequate security. Pettey wanted to exempt libraries and community centers.


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